Dustin Pedroia was out of the starting lineup because of an injured finger, and Jacoby Ellsbury sat against the left-hander after returning from an injury last weekend.
"You play the cards that you have," Valentine said. "That's all we have right now."
NOTES: Girardi scratched Ivan Nova from his scheduled start Tuesday following a pair of poor outings and replaced him with rookie David Phelps. Hiroki Kuroda starts Wednesday and Andy Pettitte is lined up to start Thursday if a tiebreaker game is needed to decide the AL East. Phil Hughes would pitch on normal rest if there is a game Friday and the Yankees decide not to bring back Sabathia then. ... New York has outhomered Boston 38-14 in matchups this season. ... The Yankees also homered four times in an inning on June 30, 1977, at Toronto (Cliff Johnson twice, Thurman Munson and Lou Piniella), and on June 21, 2005, against Tampa Bay (Gary Sheffield, Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada). ... Yankees LF Ichiro Suzuki made a leaping catch on Danny Valencia's drive in front of the wall in the corner to end the seventh. ... New York's Melky Mesa had an RBI single in the eighth in his first big league at-bat. ... New York OF Brett Gardner grounded out in the eighth, his first plate appearance since April 17. ... Buchholz was roughed up for eight runs and six hits in 1 2-3 innings. The eight earned runs were a career high.
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